DiscreteObjectKeyFrame Class

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Animates from the Object value of the previous key frame to its own Value using discrete values.

Inheritance Hierarchy


Namespace: System.Windows.Media.Animation
Assembly: System.Windows (in System.Windows.dll)
XMLNS for XAML: Not mapped to an xmlns.


Public NotInheritable Class DiscreteObjectKeyFrame _
    Inherits ObjectKeyFrame
public sealed class DiscreteObjectKeyFrame : ObjectKeyFrame
<DiscreteObjectKeyFrame ...>
</DiscreteObjectKeyFrame ...>
</DiscreteObjectKeyFrame Value="objectAsAttribute"...>

XAML Values

  • objectValue
    An object element that declares the value of the object to use for the key frame.

  • objectAsAttribute
    A string attribute value that can be converted to an object value.

The DiscreteObjectKeyFrame type exposes the following members.


Name Description
DiscreteObjectKeyFrame Initializes a new instance of the DiscreteObjectKeyFrame class.



Name Description
Dispatcher Gets the Dispatcher this object is associated with. (Inherited from DependencyObject.)
KeyTime Gets or sets the time at which the key frame's target Value should be reached. (Inherited from ObjectKeyFrame.)
Value Gets or sets the key frame's target value. (Inherited from ObjectKeyFrame.)



Name Description
CheckAccess Determines whether the calling thread has access to this object. (Inherited from DependencyObject.)
ClearValue Clears the local value of a dependency property. (Inherited from DependencyObject.)
Equals(Object) Determines whether the specified Object is equal to the current Object. (Inherited from Object.)
Finalize Allows an object to try to free resources and perform other cleanup operations before the Object is reclaimed by garbage collection. (Inherited from Object.)
GetAnimationBaseValue Returns any base value established for a Windows Phone dependency property, which would apply in cases where an animation is not active. (Inherited from DependencyObject.)
GetHashCode Serves as a hash function for a particular type. (Inherited from Object.)
GetType Gets the Type of the current instance. (Inherited from Object.)
GetValue Returns the current effective value of a dependency property from a DependencyObject. (Inherited from DependencyObject.)
MemberwiseClone Creates a shallow copy of the current Object. (Inherited from Object.)
ReadLocalValue Returns the local value of a dependency property, if a local value is set. (Inherited from DependencyObject.)
SetValue Sets the local value of a dependency property on a DependencyObject. (Inherited from DependencyObject.)
ToString Returns a string that represents the current object. (Inherited from Object.)



This class is used as part of a ObjectKeyFrameCollection in conjunction with a ObjectAnimationUsingKeyFrames to animate an Object property value along a set of key frames.

A key frame defines a segment of the ObjectAnimationUsingKeyFrames to which it belongs. Each key frame has a target Value and a KeyTime. The KeyTime specifies the time at which the key frame's Value should be reached. A key frame animates from the target value of the previous key frame to its own target value. It starts when the previous key frame ends and ends when its own key time is reached.

Discrete key frames like DiscreteObjectKeyFrame create sudden "jumps" between values (no interpolation). In other words, the animated property does not change until the key frame's key time is reached, at which point the animated property goes suddenly to the target value.

The XAML usage shown is the one most likely to be used for real DiscreteObjectKeyFrame scenarios. Value is a property inherited from the ObjectKeyFrame base class, and for other key frame types (like PointKeyFrame) Value is typically given as an attribute. But DiscreteObjectKeyFrame is specifically meant for objects, which sometimes cannot be expressed in attribute form.

Objects that can be expressed in attribute form include any object that has a native conversion behavior. This includes language primitives, or enumeration values. Other objects may require the property element form in order to be specified as a Value.

One particular scenario for DiscreteObjectKeyFrame is for providing visual state property values for controls, when the control properties take enumerated values or values of common primitives such as Int32, Boolean, or String. For more information, seeControls design guidelines for Windows Phone.

Version Information

Windows Phone OS

Supported in: 8.1, 8.0, 7.1, 7.0


Windows Phone

Thread Safety

Any public static (Shared in Visual Basic) members of this type are thread safe. Any instance members are not guaranteed to be thread safe.

See Also


System.Windows.Media.Animation Namespace